highlightHER!™️ was founded by There She Go to inspire all women. We are all different and unique, but we connect through our struggles that our stories tell. highlightHER consists of brave women willing to tell their story in hopes to inspire another woman. We must remember, some of our biggest inspirations are not on the T.V. or billboards, they are all around us. There She Go!
This month we are highlighting Ashley Cook! Ashley is a Seaford, Delaware native and has put her heart and soul into giving back to the local community. She is a college graduate, business woman, community advocate and beyond all that she is kind, welcoming and genuine. Ashley is a giver and she deserves to be recognized for her efforts! Thank you for all that you do and all that you are in the community. Keep being an inspiration and setting the example! Read our interview below to get to know a little more about Ashley! THERE SHE GO!
What do you want people to know about Ashley?
“I worked really hard to get where I am. Success is not easy and it is a continuous process. I have 3 degrees, own a home, own a car, have a strong relationship with God, and I love me (None of that happened over night or without any effort) “Faith without works is Dead”
What do you value most in your life?
“What I value most is living the life God wants me to live and helping others to achieve the same thing.”
You are always in the community helping and inspiring! What type of things do you do?
“I have done many things but almost all circulate back to just simply being a helper of people. In the past I have headed projects such as Cash cares baskets of love, cookies for cancer, and Women’s health walks. I currently work at a mental health hospital as a inpatient therapist for the adolescent unit. I have a financial resource group called THE DEBT CHALLENGE 2020.”
Name a time in your life you overcame an obstacle you thought at the time you wouldn’t. What did you learn from it and how did you move forward?
“Buying a home was the most frustrating and trying process I have ever been through. I am the first person in my immediate family to do many things and buying a home was one. My faith in God and perseverance is what kept me going. I educated myself as much as possible, gaining knowledge from any reliable resource that I could.”
What inspired you to be involved in the community?
“I am inspired to be involved in the community because I want to give to others what was freely given to me.”
What encouragement do you have for others around goal setting and budgeting?
“To write it down!!!! The bible says to “write it down and make it plain”. If you have a thought and you don’t write it down you have nothing to reference back to.”
When you feel overwhelmed with life’s daily demands, how do you handle it? What advice do you have for other women who find themselves constantly being overwhelmed?
“There is a few avenues I take. One I try to stay in fellowship with God (daily prayer, meditation, journaling) , I have a few close people I call “my trusted adults” these folks help me sort through my thoughts when I can’t think straight, and then lastly my personal reflection and self care.”
What are simple things that we can do in the community to help make it a better place?
“Give each other love , respect, and encouragement!”
What does mental health mean to you? What advice do you have for women who struggle with maintaining their mental stability?
“That it’s ok to seek guidance about gaining and sustaining your mental health whether it is professional or from a mentor.”
What does TSG mean to you?
“It’s a network of strong likeminded women who not only want to see change in their community but want to be the change!”
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalms 139:14